This blog post is part of Maria's book tour. First I'll give my review, then I'll provide the link enabling you to enter a competition to win a copy of the book (International!)
5th January 2012, 32 pages, paperback
Themes: school life, friendships (making friends and improving friendships) , learning to include others, jealousy, sharing, good manners, a few laughs, a happy ending
Sami's perfect life falls apart when the new girl moves in next door. Three can be a tricky number with friends because most of the time someone gets left out. Follow Sam as she discovers how to keep her best friend and find room for one more in Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.
Learning how to widen the boundaries of friendship to include more than just one other person is a valuable lesson learnt at school by Sami. Like so many girls she wants just one best friend all to herself, and is more than a little put out with new girl Jasmine on the scene. She reminds me of myself when I was little. Jasmine is sweet, and doesn't actually do anything 'wrong', which Sami eventually realises with the help of her mother. The vibrant colours of the illustrations give the story a warm, glowing kind of feeling - my heart was very happy by the end. I'm giving this 9/10 - I wasn't fond of one of the phrases in Sami's song, but that could be a cultural difference between UK and USA.
For more school related friendship dramas, see how friendships are tried in Princess Poppy: Playground Princess by Janey Louise Jones
You can find out more about Maria over at her website
(Note I do not get anything in return for placing this link, it is part of the tour)
Here's the book trailer, which gives a peek at the detailed, warm feeling inspiring illustrations.
Maria is offering one reader the opportunity to win both the book and a tiara cookie cutter! She may be based in America, but she is generously making this an international competition, so everyone can enter (including polar bears although finding their post box might be a little difficult).
The prize: the winner will receive a copy of the book and a tiara cookie cutter.
The deadline: 12pm GMT Monday 6th February 2012
How to enter: Fill in your details on this form
Check back on Tuesday 7th Feburary to see if you've won a copy of the book.